Just Launched! — Aha! Starter Product Roadmap

Amazon set the record last month for the world’s fastest delivery — 13 minutes. Now that is fast. Want to build your product roadmap in less time than it took Amazon to set that world record? Read on.

With today’s launch, we bring you something special — the starter roadmap. It is the easiest way to build a beautiful, visual plan for any audience. And it makes getting started with Aha! a quick, drag-and-drop experience.

You can now start creating goals, initiatives, releases, and features in Aha! by simply dragging them onto your starter roadmap. Then, you can customize what is shown and craft the perfect roadmap view to securely share your plans with your team.

The most powerful aspect of the starter roadmap is that it is not just another simple roadmap drawing tool. It is backed up by the powerful Aha! data model. As you add, drag, and drop, you are creating and linking real product data in your account. This data can then be used on your other screens and used to unlock even more visualizations and roadmaps in Aha!

The fact that you are entering structured data into Aha! makes the starter roadmap a valuable addition to our family of roadmaps. It is the perfect way to quickly begin taking advantage of everything Aha! offers so you can focus on building products that customers love — and be happy doing it.

Here is how you can build a powerful roadmap in minutes:

Set your strategy
Great products start with a clear strategy that is customer and market driven. So, the first step in building a great roadmap is to add goals and initiatives to your product. This allows you to communicate the strategic vision to the executive team.

First, you will drag a goal from the “Create new” menu on the right. Once you drop it into the roadmap, it will be added as a swimlane to the far left and you can give it a name. Next, drag an initiative and drop it, as shown in the image below. Dates can be adjusted by selecting and dragging either end of the bar.

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Drag and drop any record in Aha! — goals, initiatives, releases, release phases, release milestones, and features — all from a single screen.

Create a release
After you set your strategy, it is time to add a release. You can quickly add what you need to manage and track progress over time. Drag a bar from the “Create new” menu and drop it into your roadmap.

When you make your selection and begin to drag, the starter roadmap highlights the areas where that item can be dropped. You can add records on new or existing rows to customize the look and feel of your roadmap.

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Help the team reach their goals by connecting releases to goals and initiatives in Aha!

Add features
You can also easily add features that the team will be working on and share those plans with your teams and customers. Keep in mind that you can demonstrate how that work rolls up to releases and link it all back to your goals and initiatives in Aha! — this makes it easy to tie your strategy to the execution.

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You can also add phases and milestones to releases.

View feature details
Add details to any individual feature so you can link that unit of work to your overall strategic vision and add important content. When you select an item on the starter roadmap, you can quickly access the drawer view, where you can enter details like status, assignee, and description — just like in other views of the Aha! application.

aha-starter-roadmap-featuresSelect any record from the starter roadmap to open the drawer view and access more details.

Manage and prioritize features in releases
As features and releases are added to the starter roadmap, those records are also now available throughout your account. For example, when you add a feature on the starter roadmap, it is instantly available on the features board for that product. Organize the features board by priority and track the status of your work in real time.

Similarly, the goals and initiatives you add to the starter roadmap can also be used and visualized in other parts of the application to manage and report on your strategic direction.

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After adding features via the starter roadmap, go to the features board to add more information and prioritize what comes next. 

Create the perfect roadmap view
You have the perfect plan and now want to share your roadmap. Well, you can customize your starter roadmap to the level of detail you want to share by showing and hiding specific records and bars. Hidden bars will not appear when you export your roadmap to share it with your team. However, those bars will still be visible to you as grayed out content on the roadmap.

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You can choose to hide specific bars from your export by hovering on the bar and selecting the “Hide from export” option in the ellipsis.

Share your roadmap via a secure URL
What good is a beautiful roadmap if it is never shared? Easily save and share your roadmap to an Aha! Notebook and securely share it via web page or PDF.

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Take nearly any view from Aha! and publish it as a Notebook. Select from the Export drop-down menu in the top right to add your roadmap to a Notebook.

As part of this launch, we also updated the navigation in Aha! to provide a more intuitive experience by unifying the roadmapping, analytics, and presentation capabilities under the hood of a single new Reports tab. You can now find all of your roadmaps, analytics, and Notebooks in one place. This makes it easy to report on everything product management and securely share that work with your teams.

Many of us want to start with a simple plan. But we all need to be able to add in details, manage workflow, and report on the team’s progress over time.

So now, Aha! does it all. You can build a beautiful roadmap in minutes. But take comfort that the data you enter is available everywhere in Aha! and you can keep building. After all, you need more than just a pretty picture to connect strategy to execution and manage product like you really want.

Sign up for a free Aha! trial — be happy
The Starter roadmap is available to all Aha! customers. If you are not already an Aha! customer, sign up for a free 30-day trial of Aha! now to see why over 100,000 users trust Aha! to set product strategy, create visual roadmaps, and prioritize releases and features.

About Jessica and Aha!

Jessica is passionate about showing product managers there is a better way. She is the Product Marketing Manager at Aha! - the world’s #1 product roadmap software. Previously she led product at YouEarnedIt, a top five employee engagement platform. Before that she was a product marketing manager at several business-to-business SaaS companies.

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Comments

  1. Maximilian Cascone

    This is fantastic! It looks like a great way to get new users familiar with the entire workflow.

    The only thing that’s missing is a way to show progress on these bars. Percentage, colored fill, text – really anything would be a game-changer and let us report status from this level which is how i see this tool really standing out to c-level type people!

    Reply
    1. Jeff Lambert

      I agree with Maximilian, a percentage fill would be the best addition and then its basically perfect!

    2. Keith Brown

      Great idea. You should submit this to our ideas portal, it is something a few people have mentioned.

    3. Steve French

      Agree with Maximilian’s request. We frequently have internal and external stakeholders ask how much we’ve progressed and a nice visual/chart showing % complete would be helpful.

  2. Jacob Bockelmann

    Can you add a completed Starter Roadmap to the Fredwin Software demo environment? I’d like to see a fully built out one to play with. Thanks.

    Reply

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